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In the Kitchen

You all know how much I love my beloved Vita Mix. Not a day goes by that I don’t use it at least once.

For Christmas Allan got a killer deal on a Cuisinart Elite 12-cup Food Processor. I have used it a few times to make dough balls, nut butter and coconut butter. Let me say, that I am in love! I was able to make a double batch of coconut butter in less than 8 minutes without stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl once! This one is a keeper.

For my birthday this year, I received a Bamix Immersion Blender from Allan. This has made quick work out of homemade spaghetti sauce, whipped cream, whipping egg whites and blended soups. No more ladling hot soups and sauced from my hot sauce pan into the Vita Mix and then back again. I did a lot of research before this purchase, because I have had too many inexpensive appliances break on me after short periods of time.

When I was pregnant with Matthew, we invested in a Nespresso Citiz and Aeroccino. The Citiz makes an excellent Americano; however, I was disappointed that Nespresso does not regularly carry organic coffee. I also find ordering capsules to be a bit daunting and I do not like having to pay for shipping.

Lately I have been using my Bialetti Mukka Express to brew Archer Farms organic espresso. Instead of placing milk in the top portion of the Mukka, I have been filling it with a few tablespoons of soy milk + water to the line. The resulting drink is a perfectly tasty Americano with a bit of milk.

Cookbooks

I love (and own) every single book written by Tosca Reno. She is my original inspiration for loosing weight and changing my life. I owe her everything.


As clean eaters, we try to eat as seasonally as possible, for that reason I love paging through Simply in Season to gain recipe inspiration and remind myself which produce is at its peak. Although, I do reduce the oil and sweeteners used in the the recipes to suit my lifestyle.


Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day is my new favorite cookbook. Allan’s gluten allergy + love of bread was wreaking havoc on our pocket book and Allan’s tastebuds. He longed for a delicious gluten-free loaf and I was looking for a simple way to bake gluten-free bread at home. The solution: Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day. I have tried several of the gluten-free recipes including the Gluten-Free Boule and the Super Sam Cinnamon rolls. I also occasionally make a loaf of whole grain bread for Matthew and I using sprouted wheat flour. Everything we have tried so far has been superb!


As you know, my favorite food blogger, Sarah Matheny, released a cookbook this summer, Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love. We have tried several of the recipes and have loved each and every one of them.

Protein Powder


I buy 5 lb bags of Natural Vanilla and Natural Chocolate flovored Native Whey Protein Isolate from Protein Factory. We love that this powder mixes easily into milk or water using a spoon and that it does not forth up like other whey protein powders that we have used. This is a very high quality protein powder that is organic and grass-fed. You can choose to sweeten your powder naturally with stevia or leave it completely unsweetened, like we do. Allan and I both feel that the sweetener is unnecessary if you mix it with organic or nondairy milk.

Cultured Products

I just started using yogurt starter and kefir grains from Cultures for Health and really like them a lot. I have more consistent results in less effort than using other methods for culturing. Cultures for Health also offers Kombucha scobys, if you would like to purchase one vs. growing one like I did.

Fitness


I am currently following the Supreme 90 Day workout program and loving it. I have noticed considerable gains in not only muscle definition, but also in my cardiovascular endurance. I am stronger and more flexible than I have ever been!


Prior to starting Supreme 90 Day, I did the The Female Body Breakthrough program by Rachel Cosgrove and really enjoyed it. The Female Body Breakthrough was the perfect program to follow-up The New Rules of Lifting for Women.


I used The New Rules of Lifting for Women when I lost my first 40 lbs back in 2009 along with loosing the 40 lbs that I gained while pregnant with Matthew.

These are a few of the other fitness DVDs that I own and enjoy:

Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown
Jillian Michaels Shred-It With Weights
Jackie Warner Xtreme Timesaver Training
Jackie Warner Power Circuit Training
Jackie Warner One on One Training